On Tuesday, a Los Angeles city councilman called for increasing enforcement of an ordinance barring people from living in vehicles near areas that have safe parking zones.
Councilman Bob Blumenfield outlined the proposal in a motion that says the increased enforcement would act as an incentive for neighborhoods to embrace the safe parking program.
The ordinance barring people from living in cars near homes, parks, schools and daycare facilities went into effect in January 2017 and is scheduled to expire in July unless the council votes to extend or amend it.
Under the ordinance, parking for habitation purposes is prohibited from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. along residential streets with both single-family homes and multi-family homes. The restrictions apply all day for any street that is within a block or 500 feet of a school, park or daycare center.
The city has also simultaneously been working to open "safe parking" areas for homeless people but has struggled to get the program off the ground and only has four locations in the city. The program offers a legal place for people to park their vehicle overnight but has not seen many nonprofit organizations come forward and offer their property as a location.
Blumenfield's motion says the increased enforcement of parking restrictions in areas with safe parking program locations would be an incentive for communities to welcome the program into their neighborhoods.